About

Gianna Albaum (B.A., Italian Studies and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley) is a doctoral candidate in the department of Italian Studies at New York University. As a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar, she is currently completing her doctoral research in Italy.

Her work attends to the delightful interplay of technology, narcotics, and literature in the late Ottocento/early Novecento. She has written about an eclectic range of authors, including canonical staples such as Ippolito Nievo and Italo Svevo as well as more obscure figures such as Paolo Mantegazza and Dino Segre (Pitigrilli).

She has extensive experience in teaching Italian language and culture, including both content and language courses of all levels. For a more in-depth discussion of her teaching and sample materials, see this page.

Her dissertation, “NARCO MODERNS: Stimulation and Stupefaction in Post-Unification Italian Culture,” takes as its primary object a series of narratives in which drugs—as emblems of intoxication, hallucination, and stimulation—are a rhetorical vehicle for the expression of both hopes and anxieties about ‘modernity.’ For these authors, modernity is a drug—it stupefies, it delights, it anesthetizes, it poisons.” For more information on her past and current research, see this page.